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When do I need to see an Orthopedist?

Dr. Jeff J. Mollins has been practicing in the downtown Brooklyn area for close to 30 years. As an expert in the diagnosis, treatment, and documentation of injuries sustained by accident victims (auto accidents, work accidents, construction accidents, slip and falls, etc), Dr. Mollins is well aware of the importance of working with qualified referred orthopedic specialists to provide proper care to many of his injured patients.

Orthopedic doctors specialize in issues, diseases, and injuries that pertain to the musculoskeletal system. They play a vital role in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions. Here is a list of eight signs to look for to see if you need to be evaluated by an orthopedic doctor:

  1. Difficulty using a specific body part to perform daily functions (carrying grocery bags or walking up the steps).
  2. Pain in muscles, joints, or tendons that lasts longer than a few days.
  3. Pain in the joints that becomes more intense during periods at rest or at night.
  4. Any deformity of the joints.
  5. Signs of infection including heat, inflammation, fever or redness.
  6. Swelling or bruising around the joint or injury.
  7. Limited range of motion, such as being unable to straighten your back or stiffness when standing.
  8. Unusual symptoms in the region of the pain.

Our Board Certified, referred Orthopedic doctors are known to use surgery as a last resort for our patients musculoskeletal issues. They will do everything possible to delay  it as long as they can and instead uses less invasive treatments, such as medication and/or physical therapy. This insures that our patients are getting the proper treatment they need. If conservative care is not successful, surgical intervention may be necessary. Some common surgeries may include back surgery, ankle, knee, shoulder, hip, and wrist. Our orthopedic specialists may also perform a variety of arthroscopic procedures, which means they are able to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside of a joint. When dealing with traumatic injuries (which are common when treating patients injured in accidents) bone fractures are often diagnosed. Our orthopedic physicians are highly adept at treating fractures surgically,  if necessary, or by utilizing conservative means as well.

As with all of our referred specialists, all orthopedic doctors are Board Certified and Workers Compensation Certified as well. This means that if you are injured on the job, and require the services of our orthopedist, you can be treated at no cost. If you are unable to work, you can be compensated for your lost wages. When (if) you are physically able to return to work, you can still receive treatment at no cost.

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